183 Tasting Notes
Recently got a sampler pack from Samovar through a Twitter contest-thing. So, adding that to the two samplers sets I ended up with from Adagio… it looks like I better get around to trying (and liking) mate.
Having only tried a toasted mate before, this is my first ‘real’ experience with yerba mate. It has an interesting herbal, almost minty sort of taste to it. But it has something else to it that I can’t quite put my finger on. (I think in the toasted, I referred to it as tobacco-y. This is not the same… something.)
Definitely an unofficial rating at this point.
Had to break into the “good” stash this morning. I’m almost done with all of my B-list black teas, but I still want to clear the cupboard out a little more before I let myself have all my favorites on heavy rotation again. So… why do I get this one this morning? Because I don’t feel 100%, and I do what I want.
Under perfect brewing conditions, which I admit I rarely strive for first thing in the morning, this tea is amazingly sweet. Other times, it’s still very good. Today… it’s amazing. :)
Backlogging. I had two cups of this yesterday morning. I don’t usually have more than one, but I was extra-sleepy and it’s getting colder outside. I think the Thermos is going to have to start coming to work with me.
This is an interesting one that doesn’t seem to fit into any category. I like it.
Took this to class with me this morning. The chef-instructor brought in doughnuts… This was an excellent accidental pairing with my lemon curd bismark. (My favorite of all doughnuts.)
On a different note, I’ve down-graded this rating a bit. This is a good tea, but since trying it for the first time, I’ve found much better Earl Greys. I’m grading on a curve, I guess.
Backlogging. I’ve got a few early-morning classes this semester, and I’ve been taking tea in my Thermos, which is a lovely way to stay warm in the frigid lecture room. I love that it’s still hot when I pull it out of my bag at the end of a 6-hour kitchen lab.
This Darjeeling is great, but 5:30am is not when I should be making a pot of tea, apparently. I had it in my head that this was an oolong. I steeped it as an oolong, and I expected it to taste like an oolong. I blame it on Adagio’s Ooooh Darjeeling…. Somehow. Really, it was just too early and I had no idea what I was doing. I shouldn’t be allowed to do anything without my morning cup… including making my morning cup.